Final Fantasy IV (Nintendo DS)

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Final Fantasy IV is a remake of the classic Japanese RPG that was first released for SNES, known as Final Fantasy II in the West.

Unlike the many subsequent ports (to Playstation, GameBoy Advance, etc.), this release is a full remake, programmed from scratch with real-time 3D graphics. The characters have a "super-deformed" touch. There is also voice acting during cut-scenes. A new option has been added to the menu, which allows the player to read a conversation between party members and receive advice from them.

It also features many gameplay additions. The difficulty level has been increased, not only beyond the difficulty of the Western SNES release (which was reduced compared to Japanese original and subsequent ports), but even beyond the original difficulty. The party members are still bound by class, but they can now hunt for so-called "augments", which can be found or stolen from enemies and which grant the characters additional bonus abilities, resistances, spells that their class would normally not allow, etc.

Beside those major changes, there are also plenty of minor additions. It is possible to obtain bonus items after exploring every corner and filling 100% of an area map; Rydia, the summoner girl, has a new monster summon who can be customized in various ways; there is a new quest involving the "naming" moogle of the original game, etc.


Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS The aircraft is approaching Baron border
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Options screen
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Cid looks rather ugly in this remake
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Rosa is worried about Cecil and his mission

Alternate Titles

  • "ファイナルファンタジーIV" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

It’s Final Fantasy IV. With remastered music. In 3D! ‘Nuff said. りき Hideto (22984) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Jul 11, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamers' Temple, The Aug, 2008 89 out of 100 89
IGN Jul 09, 2008 8.7 out of 10 87
Jolt (UK) Sep 18, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85 Sep 04, 2008 17 out of 20 85
NZGamer Sep 08, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85 Dec 07, 2008 8 out of 10 80
JeuxActu Sep 05, 2008 14 out of 20 70
Gamekult Sep 05, 2008 6 out of 10 60


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1001 Video Games

Final Fantasy IV appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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